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Starting pontiac sunfire 97

Had recall done for ignition wiring now having problem starting. Jumped car and would'nt even try to turn over. Radio,heater,headlights worked fine then finally it just turned over, Could this be caused by recall work? Never had problem before

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    Car won't turn over right away. Only happens sometimes, like 5 of 10 times. Today was the worst, it wouldn't even catch and turn over, other times you can tell it wanted to catch but today it didn't. Had to wait for 5-10 minutes than it finally turned over. All power was there, just wouldn't turn over. Is this the starter or the solenoid thing?

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If you never had a problem before the recall work was done, and now you're having problems. Its almost certainly caused by the Dealership technician flubbing a little bit on his reinstallation. It sounds to me like he didn't completely tighten down one of your grounds and its not making a good connection.

If you take the car back to the dealership and explain your problem, they should repair the wiring for free or little charge.

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